Aden Lippincott letters
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Aden Lippincott letters

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Lippincott, Aden.
Title: Aden Lippincott letters
Dates: 1862-1863
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 2259

Biographical/Historical Note

Aden Lippincott was born circa 1839. He enlisted in the Union Army in Harrissonville, New Jersey, as a Private on 8 January 1861 at the age of 22. He enlisted in Company D, 48th Infantry Regiment New York, on 21 August 1861. He was promoted to Full Sergeant and then Full 2nd Lieutenant on 15 July 1863. Later, he was promoted to Full 1st Lieutenant on 16 May 1864 and Full Captain on 3 November 1864. He was wounded and received a disability discharge from Company D. 48th Infantry Regiment New York on 16 April 1865.

Lippincott served in the Tenth Army Corps organized under General Orders No. 123 (September 2, 1862) under the command of General O. M. Mitchel. The troops were stationed chiefly at Hilton Head and Beaufort, South Carolina. However, troops were also sent to Fort Pulaski in Savannah, Georgia, and Key West, Fernandina, and St. Augustine, Florida. In all, 14,602 served in the Tenth Army Corps, with 10,190 present for duty. There were 14 regiments of infantry, 1 of engineers, a battalion of cavalry, and light batteries. General O.M. Mitchel died on 30 October 1862 and was succeeded by General J. M. Brannan.

After the Civil War, Aden Lippincott was a contractor and lived in Asbury Park, New Jersey. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Hall Post, Grand Army of the Republic. His obituary was published in the New York Times on 4 January 1912. The obituary stated that Lippincott died of apoplexy, an outdated medical term used to describe bleeding. The article states he was 78 years old at the time of his death, but if this is correct, he would have been born circa 1835 and enlisted in the Union Army at the age of 27. Lippincott's birth, enlistment, and death dates are questionable.

Scope and Content Note

This collection includes letters from Union Army soldier, Aden Lippincott, to his brother and sister. Lippincott wrote the letters while serving with the Tenth Army Corps, stationed at Fort Pulaski in Savannah, Georgia. The letters are dated 1862 to 1863 and include news and details of camp life, repairing the fort, deserters arriving at the fort, nearby ironclads, surrounding forts, and military authorities. Lippincott also mentions the Battle of Pocotaglio, G. T. Beauregard, and fellow soldier Levi Pimm. In a letter dated 11 March 1863, he states that drafting has commenced and all the able bodied African Americans "are taken and put in the service of the Government either with or without their consent."

Index Terms

Fort Pulaski (Ga.)
Georgia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Letters (correspondence)
Lippincott, Aden.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Desertions.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Participation, African American.
United States. Army. New York Infantry Regiment, 48th (1861-1865). Company D.

Administrative Information

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Encoding funded by a 2008 Archives-Basic Projects grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

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